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Neighborhood farm


Neighborhood farm Haarlemmermeer South

Project type: Sketch Design
Commissioned by : Bureau Buitenkans, Gaston Remmers
Location: Haarlemmermeer, Nederland
Date: 2008

The Neighbourhood Farm is a new concept for farms that, next to farm activities fulfil tasks for the neighbourhood and the surrounding landscape in an innovative way, like e.g. offer space for a kindergarten, caretaking, recreation and artistic activities.

This Sketch Design departs from the original landscape and accommodates the Neighbourhood Farm in it. Starting point is the topography which is present by default, but is hidden under the current pattern of the lots. From the origin parts of the land that are higher and other parts are lower. LEGU uses and enforces the natural topography of the landscape to make it more visible. The higher parts are used for agriculture, the lower parts for water (storage).

The new functions of the Neighbourhood Farm are embedded as rectangular island within the almost playful landscape that evolves from the topography. Each of these Oases is surrounded by another type of landscape. The Oasis of rough agriculture offers space for a camping and boat rental as it is surrounded by water. The Oasis of refinement with its ateliers, workshop spaces and various gardens is embedded in a large forest and the Oasis of diversity with its organic fruit gardens is surrounded by agriculture.

Within the Neighbourhood Farm are various trails that explore the different types of landscape. The border between two types of landscapes is strongly perceivable for hikers. Through forest and rough grasslands the paths are undulating, through agricultural areas the paths are linear and follow the grid of the canals. Ecologic bridging and bike- and pedestrian bridges connect the Neighbourhood Farm with its surroundings. The estate is also connected to the neighbourhood via green tongs of meadow and grasslands, and access to the existing bike paths and walking trails on a regional level.